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Vehicle names are hard to get right (Remember the Ford Probe?). Mercedes-Benz has been using a letter and number naming scheme to help differentiate its cars from one another. However, it’s been causing some confusion with car buyers and journalists alike.
According to UK’s CAR Magazine, it seems like the luxury German automaker is looking to change up its three-letter naming style to help make its niche products a bit more friendly with consumers.
So many of us has been waiting anxiously for Brabus to show the world their Mercedes CLS Rocket successor, and it looks like one enthusiast took matters into their own hands.
Dan Buzdugan did his own rendering of what he thinks the new Brabus Rocket will look like, giving a Brabus style to the entire project. There’s little to no details surrounding the new Rocket, but we’re positive Brabus will improve on their 2005 rendition that featured 720-hp from its 6.3L twin turbo V12 powerplant. At the time it set all sorts of records for a vehicle in its class, including the top speed of a street-legal sedan at 225.2-mph. It won’t be long until we see its successor and we hope it’s worth every minute of the wait.
Lorinser has finally sent out previews for their upcoming styling package for the new-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. There’s never a doubt that Lorinser wouldn’t be offering something for the new CLS, we’re just surprised it took this long - Lorinser originally released sketches over a year ago.
No exact details were released with the photos, but it’s clear to see Lorinser has added a full kit to the CLS, with front and rear bumper changes, side air vents, side skirts and rear boot lid and roof spoilers. For their demo car, Lorinser also gave the CLS a matte gray finish, suspension changes and outfit the CLS with a set of their own wheels.
We’re more excited to see what performance upgrades Lorinser has up their sleeve, so we’ll stay tuned for the official release.
GALLERY: Lorinser Mercedes-Benz CLS
Sure there’s the NEW Mercedes CLS, but let’s not forget about the car that started it all. Without the original we probably wouldn’t have the Panamera, or the A7, or the half-dozen other coupe-style luxury sedans that are rumored to roll out over the next few years.
So as everyone in Orange Country trades in their OMG-thats-so-last-year CLS, the aftermarket continues to churn out some wildly modified versions of the original. Included in that list is MEC Design, which has just unveiled its new styling package for the W219 CLS body, and it’s looking menacing.
Aside from the full matte black wrap, MEC Design has outfitted its CLS with a body kit titled “2Face”. The kit comes with a new front bumper (which includes LED lights), a rear bumper with a carbon fiber “Extreme” diffuser, side skirts with LED lamps, a three-piece trunklid spoiler and a rear window spoiler.
To complement the kit, MEC equipped the CLS with a set of 20-inch mecxtremeIII wheels in a flat black finish. The CLS also receives a lowering module, giving it a more aggressive stance while a stainless exhaust system gives it an all new note – a note that MEC calls “sound version Apocalypse”. Finishing off the exterior modifications are MEC Design’s 2010 grill and LED mirrors covers.
GALLERY: MEC Design Mercedes-Benz CLS
Teaser photos that surfaced earlier this week of Brabus’ new Mercedes-Benz CLS have turned out to be the official tuning package, and not quite yet the Rocket we were hoping for. Set to debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Brabus has unwrapped its tuned CLS, with a perfect blend of sportiness and luxury.
Like any respectable tuning package, Brabus’ CLS offering begins with a wind tunnel tested body kit, featuring a front spoiler with optional front apron caps, accented with air inlets and LED daytime running lights with either a dark or chrome surround. The stock fenders are then swapped out for sportier renditions, fully equipped with illuminated Brabus monikers. The kit is then joined from bumper to bumper with a set of side skirts featuring integrated entrance lights that can be activated through a keyless fob or door handles.
Going to the rear of the CLS, Brabus’ rear apron also features LED lights to safely access the trunk while custom-tailored cutouts give the perfect room for Brabus’ quad-tipped exhaust system. Finishing off the aesthetic body modifications is a clean and subtle trunk spoiler.
While Brabus offers several different wheel packages for various Mercedes-Benz vehicles, from 17-inch to 20-inch sizes, they chose to outfit this demo CLS with a set of 20×8.5 and 20×9.5 Brabus Monoblock F in a Liquid Titanium shade.
Suspension components were developed in cooperation with Bilstein, lowering the vehicle 1.2-inch for sport springs, while any AIRMATIC-equipped CLS can be lowered 1.4-inch with Brabus’ suspension module.
Various performance upgrades are available depending on the CLS model you are personalizing. Every CLS model however can be outfitted with their quad sport exhaust system.
Interior upgrades can be met per customer’s request through Brabus from their Mastik leather to Alcantara upholstery.